Contractor designs apartments for those affected by multiple sclerosis

on Friday,August 20,2010 21:08


Kershaw Commons is an apartment project supported by the special needs housing trust fund of New Jersey, and will be specifically designed for those afflicted with multiple sclerosis (MS). This month, Del-Sano Contracting began construction on the 31-unit residential rental project in Freehold. This will be the only housing designed specifically for those with MS in the Eastern U.S.

"We recognize many individuals' desire for self-reliance; therefore each apartment unit must promote independence," said Angelo Del Russo, CEO and founder of Del-Sano Contracting.

The two-story building will include 31 apartment units with full fire protection. The development will be Energy Star Certified and include the Green Source requirements established by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. Every unit will have a fully accessible auto entrance door, which can be remotely operated when needed.

All units are handicap-accessible with special considerations for motorized chairs, lower window settings, tilt mirrors and special vanities for knee access. The design team's intention is to include features that would simplify and provide less encumbrances for the typical daily routine of the MS occupant.

Those who are interested in becoming involved with similar projects can learn the skills that are necessary for building design in an art school degree program.
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